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BUCHAREST - Little Paris
Welcome to Bucharest, Romania, South-East Europe, and get ready to discover a whole world in just one country. Our guide will pick you up from Henri Coanda International Airport, Bucharest, and take you to a downtown 4-star hotel. Driving through the city, you will understand why Bucharest used to be called Little Paris. Arrive at the hotel and check in. When you feel up for it, get together with the guide and go for a walking tour of the most delightful architectural landmarks of Bucharest: Romanian Athenaeum (1888), National Art Museum (1937), Kretzulescu Church (1722), Central University Library (1893), Palace of the National Military Circle (1923), University Square, National History Museum (1900), CEC Palace (1897). This one-hour walking tour ends with a well-deserved sampling of Romanian cuisine, well known for its diversity and heartiness. Our recommendation is the Beer Cart (Caruícu bere), one of the most famous places to eat out in the "old city center", a restaurant situated in a wonderful building, an outstanding architectural piece in itself. The atmosphere of this old beer hall makes for a fine introduction to the traditional Romanian experience. By now, you will have already had a taste of the cityís lifestyle. Next, you are going to explore it even further as we take a nice stroll on the narrow streets of the historic heart of Bucharest: the vibrant new "old city center". Scattered among the many new-sprung pubs, bars and restaurants, you will discover a number of heritage monuments such as: Old Princely Court (Curtea Veche) (15th century), Stavropoleos Church (1724), National Bank of Romania building (1880). Return to the hotel.
SIBIU (Hermannstadt) - A Transylvanian Saxon city
After breakfast, you meet with the guide and head out of Bucharest and on to Transylvania, or the land of Dracula. Destination: Sibiu, European Capital of Culture in 2007, our basecamp for all the trips into Transylvania. On the way, a must see is the Horezu Monastery (1690), another World Heritage Site, famous for its architectural purity and balance, a perfect illustration of the Brancoveanu church-building style, a synthesis between the West and East, with its rich stone-carved details, painted frescoes and votive portraits. This is also home of a unique type of Romanian pottery, Horezu pottery, listed as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. To reach Sibiu, the road takes you through a gorgeous natural defile, the spectacular Olt Defile. Another site not to miss in this part of the country is Cozia monastery, built in 1388, one of the most valuable national medieval art and architecture monuments in Romania. Welcome to Sibiu. Former centre of the Transylvanian Saxon community, the old city of Sibiu was ranked by Forbes as Europe's 8th most idyllic places to live in. After checking in, go out for lunch and visit the most important sights of the city: Grand Square (15th century), Little Square, Brukenthal Palace (1787), Evangelical Lutheran Cathedral (1520), Sibiu Orthodox Cathedral ( 1904), Liarís Bridge, the Passage of Stairs, and The Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization, the largest Romanian open-air museum and one of the largest in Central and Eastern Europe. Dinning in Sibiu is going to be quite a treat.
CLUJ NAPOCA - The capital of Transylvania
After breakfast, you leave Sibiu and head to another beautiful Transylvanian city, Cluj Napoca, unofficially the capital of the region. To learn and understand the history of the place, you visit first the ruins of the ancient Dacian kingdom capital, Sarmizegetusa Regia, a UNESCO Heritage Site. An Indo-European people, a branch of or related to the Thracians, the Dacians developed a distinctive and advanced civilization. Their rich heritage has endured until today, in the form of a citadel and housing areas, but also a sacred zone that reminds the visitor of Stonehenge. From ancient times, we travel to modern times and we stop to visit one of Romaniaís most beautiful cities, Cluj Napoca. Go for lunch and a stroll to take in the cityís Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic architecture. The main landmarks are: Saint Michaelís Church (1390), Cluj Napoca Orthodox Cathedral (1930), National Theatre (1906), the Baroque BŠnffy Palace (1775), Szeky Palace (1893), Franciscan Monastery and Church (1290), Calvin Reformed Church ( 1705), Greek-Catholic Cathedral (1779), Piarist Church (1724). Way back to Sibiu, visit the very well preserved Vauban citadel of Alba Iulia. The Alba Carolina citadel, with its seven bastions in the shape of a star, was built between 1716 and 1735. Within the walls of the citadel, more architectural beauties await the visitorís gaze: Alba Iulia Orthodox Cathedral, the Roman Catholic Cathedral, and the Batthyaneum library, inside a former baroque church and famous all over the world for its ample collection of manuscripts and rare books, such as Codex Aureus (9th century), Codex Burgundus (15th century), Biblia Sacra (13th century). Dinner in the beautiful old town.
SIGHISOARA - UNESCO Heritage Site
After visiting the west part of Transylvania in order to discover more castles, medieval towns, and citadels, going to the east Transylvania. Your first stop is the most popular and most important Transylvanian Saxon village, equipped with its own fortified church, Biertan, UNESCO Heritage Site. A late Gothic hall-type of building, completed around 1522-1523, with two lines of walls, this edifice is located high on a hillock, right in the centre of the village bordered by vineyards, maize fields, and forests. Close to the church, in a beautiful old Saxon house, there is the restaurant where we have lunch. Two kilometers from Biertan, another jewel of Saxon architecture, Copsa Mare fortified church, waits for us to discover it. The next stop is the citadel of Sighisoara, one more UNESCO Heritage Site, considered to be the most beautiful and well preserved inhabited citadel in Europe and one of the only few fortified towns in the world still inhabited. For several hours we will make sure you have a medieval experience as we provide a guided walking tour, followed by lunch and free time to wander around the narrow streets of the citadel on your own. The landmark of the city is the Clock Tower, a 64-meter high tower built in the 13th century. Other interesting sights are: The Church on the Hill, the Covered Staircase, the Dominican monastery. Return to your accommodation and have a traditional saxon dinner.
BRASOV (Kronstadt) - An authentic medieval city
Before leaving Transylvania, our tour will take you to the most popular site for tourists, Bran, Dracula's world famous castle, but also to the Rasnov fortress and the former German city of Brasov. After a one-hour drive, reach Brasov and for the rest of the day, you are going to visit cities main attractions: the Black Church (1444), the Council Square, the Rope Street, the narrowest street in Romania, St. Nicholas Church (1495), Catherine's Gate (1559), Şchei Gate (1828), Braşov Citadel Fortress (1625), the Lutheran Saint Bartholomew Church (13th century), the Franciscan Monastery (1507). Our retreat for lunch is the Panoramic Restaurant, located on T‚mpa, a high hill in the middle of the city. You will cover the distance from the city to mount T‚mpa by cable car. The view from the top is spectacular. Return to Sibiu.
BUCHAREST - Little Paris
On our way back to Bucharest, visit the Peleș Castle, the old residence of the Royal family. Throughout history, Peleș Castle hosted some important personalities, from royalties and politicians to artists. One of the most memorable visits was that of Kaiser Franz Joseph I of Austro-Hungary in 1896. In recent times, many foreign leaders such as Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford spent time in the castle. The architectural style of the Peleș Castle is a Romantic blend of German Neo-Renaissance and Gothic Revival, similar to Schloss Neuschwanstein in Bavaria. After reach Bucharest and check in we suggest a Bucharest city bus tour. The city bus will take you on a complete tour of Bucharest to discover new and fascinating locations. For dinner, we go to the Manucís Inn, an authentic 19th century gasthaus, in the very heart of Bucharest.
BUCHAREST - City parks
Depending on your flight time, go for a walk through the parks of Bucharest: Herastrau Park, one of the largest and most beautiful European parks, Cismigiu Gardens, a romantic place, with its lush lawns, trees, flowers and lakes, Carol I Park, a French-style garden, inaugurated in 1906, or Tineretului Park, a large and quite nice park featuring some of the best playgrounds in the city. Hoping you enjoyed your stay in Romania, we wish you a pleasant flight back home and we look forward to seeing you again in Romania, for more delightful experiences. Transport to the Henri Coanda International Airport.
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28268/06.12.2013
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